Adalimumab, better known as “Humira”, is a popular and effective anti-arthritis medication. Like any medication, there can be significant side effects for certain individuals.
While many medications for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) do include side effects of hair loss, with Humira is it notoriously rare. Beyond Humira, there are many other medications for RA that have varying levels of connection to hair loss.
Strong RA drugs such as methotrexate are known as a ‘disease-modifying drug,’ which seeks to stop cell growth, which can include hair follicles. For other types of RA drugs such as Humira, medical professionals still really do not know why exactly those types of drugs cause hair loss.
Notably, these symptoms are likely to occur in conjunction with male or female-pattern baldness, and taking these medications can worsen the effects of this genetically predisposed condition. While we certainly cannot give medical advice, always speak with a medical professional more about why hair loss can occur, and what can be done with your medication to limit the side effects.
In many cases, the benefits of the medication outweigh the issue of hair loss, and you may have to pursue a hair loss solution outside of changing the medication.
Whether you are suffering from hair loss due to Humira, another medication, or most commonly from old age and genetic factors, you deserve to have a fuller looking head to hair. While there are many hair loss solutions available, very few provide lasting benefits with little retreatment or side effects.
One treatment available is scalp micropigmentation. This physical treatment works by injecting small amounts of pigment into the scalp, performed according to the client’s wishes. For men with thinning hair, this results in a fuller-looking head of hair, while for men who are bald, this creates a freshly shaved look that requires no maintenance.
Scalp micropigmentation is accomplished over 2-3 treatments, usually spaced only one week apart, with little to no side effects both during and after treatment.